Get Smart: How To Do Everything Better in Honolulu (and Beyond)
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Be a Smarter Investor
Money may be tight, but what you have can probably do more work for you than you think. Brian Chang, a representative with Linsco/Private Ledger, the nation’s largest broker/dealer, will demystify mutual funds, college saving plans, estate planning strategies and reducing your taxes. You can also bring a spouse to plan your financial future together. Personal Financial Money Management, UH Manoa Krauss 012, Oct. 15-29, Mon., 6-9 p.m., $25-$60, outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-5666.
Be a Budget Master
Your departmental budget isn’t a chore, it’s a tool. Use it. Learn how with this must-take course for both project managers and team members. Controlling Project Risks and Costs: How to Stay within Budget ... even with Unplanned Events, UH Manoa Campus Center 203E, Dec. 11-12, Tues.-Wed., 8 a.m.-3 p.m., $795-$895, outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-5666.
It’s fun to dream about retirement, but the reality can get complicated, with tax laws, insurance coverage and investment strategies to contend with. Attend this workshop for a leg up on constructing a foolproof plan to preserve your standard of living. Retirement Planning Today, UH Manoa Pacific Ocean Science and Technology 127, Oct. 13- 20, Sat., 9 a.m.-noon, $69, outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-5666.
Got a troublesome colleague you don’t know how to deal with? A Mr. Conflict, disagreeing with everything you say, because that’s his agenda? Before you start yelling, take a deep breath and register for this class. Moving from Conflict to Collaboration, UH Manoa Campus Center 203E, Nov. 16, Fri., 8 a.m.-noon, $115, outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-5666.
Learn the Language
Be a better kamaaina by understanding the Hawaiian language. At Kealaleo, individuals can take immersion workshops. Be prepared to take this seriously. Once you enter the school, you won’t hear a word of English. There is a variety of programs available, for both individuals and organizations, and all start with a one-year minimum commitment. Hawaiian-Language Classes, Kealaleo, firstname.lastname@example.org, kealaleo.com.
Excel at Excel!
Excel worksheets can be as painful as math itself, with formulas, charts and data sheets. Get Microsoft Office smart and simplify your work life with little-known, advanced Excel skills like analysis techniques and worksheet sharing. 2010 Excel Advanced, Hawaii CTS, Oct. 22, Mon., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., $256.54, hawaiicts.com, 441-3400.
Strategize with Social Media
In the old days, people used to hire someone called a press agent to spread the word about their accomplishments and businesses. Now, with social media, everyone can be their own PR department. Learn how in this course. Social Media Marketing: Developing an Effective Strategy, UH Manoa Krauss 012, Nov. 29, Thurs., 6-9 p.m., $55, outreach.hawaii.edu, 956-5666.